Yusuf Sevinçli is both Turkish and Istanbulite. He arrived in the city as a young student and has lived there for the past fifteen years, surrounded by a community of artists, most of them being photographers with which he shares a common passion for the image. Each of them can be considered as a symbol for the creative fizzing that is typical of this emerging artistic scene. Though their preoccupations and styles are diverse, they share experiences and travels, increasing their knowledge of other cultures with debates, be they intellectual or brotherly.
Yusuf Sevinçli’s images have the striking uniqueness of the “survivor”, in the sense that he gleans pictures by chance and welcomes the most unexpected gifts life offers him. His contrasted black and whites, with thick grain and scratched surfaces, have a timeless dimension that refers to the fleetingness of our everyday life. In a way, those photographs,that do not render the present anymore but rather an imaginary world or an uncertain age, seem lost in time. Clearly, the photographer doesn’t try to depict reality the way it is but offers a subjective point of view on his own world.